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When pop culture icons collide, sometimes people get hurt.
At least, that’s what some Game of Thrones fans think is about to happen after rapper Drake decided to show some love for Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) at last night’s Billboard Music Awards.
While accepting his Top Billboard 200 Album award for Scorpion, Drake closed with a “shout out to Arya Stark for putting in that work last week,” along with a stabby motion to mimic the way she and her Valyrian steel dagger handled the Night King. The internet promptly exploded with predictions that Williams’ character is now officially doomed as a result of the “Drake Curse.”
The rap superstar has been accused of causing some heartbreaking losses in professional sports after he publicly backed certain players and teams, including Serena Williams in the 2015 US Open, the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals, and the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide in the 2019 NCAA National Championship Game.
— Alex Broad (@Broad1993) May 2, 2019
Drake curse RIP ARYA pic.twitter.com/iHKlUkfXa0
— Rochdi (@Roshdi_gh) May 2, 2019
Cersei doesn’t have elephants but she’s hired drake to curse Arya and her set #GameofThrones
— thatboiren (@uppercutamidget) May 2, 2019
It may seem unfair to blame a music artist for a series of athletic defeats, but his favoritism is an obvious common denominator. We’ll have to wait and see whether Drake’s mention of Arya Stark merely upped the character’s cool factor even more or whether it ensured she would join that Hall of Faces before the show’s end.
Of course, there are some still some fans who are convinced Arya will be the one person to survive Drake’s hex and will get to carry out her mission to close at least one more pair of green eyes forever before it’s all said and done.
— Mr Brooklyn (@MrBrooklynB) May 2, 2019
If Arya Stark does end up joining the massive body count in Game of Thrones‘ eighth and final season, though, at least fans will know why.
If Arya die the drake curse is real pic.twitter.com/kEkCSB47R1
— Papi HATHAWAY 🇯🇲 (@HeadcACE1906) May 2, 2019
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